One of the most frequent questions I get asked is: “How do you get rid of ACNE SCARRING?”
Those red and pitted marks effect my confidence nearly as much as the spots they stemmed from. Though my skin has recently just broken out, these days I am mostly covering up scarring.
Every time I look in the mirror, I am reminded of my thirteen year struggle with acne.
I get sick of looking at myself. It seems incredibly unfair that acne sufferers are robbed of the happiness of being blemish free, because once your acne is gone, you have a different kind of blemish to deal with. Scarring.
Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.
For those of us who suffer with acne, we need to prevent scarring at the same time as treating our spots.
This can be quite a challenge because some cosmetics for treating acne can deplete the skins moisture content needed to help repair the skin. And some products to help with scarring can clog up your skin and cause more breakouts!
This means, your choice of skincare is really important if you want to PREVENT acne scarring. And that is the key point to emphasise here… you need to treat your skin BEFORE any deep acne scarring can take place. The skincare I use enables you to target BOTH problems at the same time.
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HEALING FROM WITHIN
If you have read my blog before, you will know I am all about healing my skin from eating foods with acne fighting properties.
This awesome smoothie recipe by CLEAN, LEAN, FIGHTING machine Heather Cox is one example of how to heal your acne scars from the inside out.
CILANTRO & SPINACH contains vitamin C which activates our skin natural healing powers, protecting us from SCARRING.
AVOCADO is rich in vitamin E strengthening capillary walls by improving the elasticity and moisture within the skin.
MANGO contains vitamin A (sometimes referred to as RETINOL), speeds up the renewal of skin cells, stimulates collagen production and hydrates the skin. In my opinion it is the most effective vitamin for improving ACNE and SCARRING.
GINGER is a powerful ANTIOXIDANT to help fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation in the skin which can lead to breakouts.
RESIST THE URGE TO PICK
Anyone who has spots knows that WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO PICK!
I will hold my hands up and say that sometimes I cannot resist the urge!
There are pros and cons for popping spots. If you really want to get rid of your blocked pores, the best way to do it is by having extraction facials regularly with a skincare professional.
Picking your spots is going to end in one of two results. You are either going to reduce the healing time, by ridding the skin of the infection OR you are going to make the area more inflamed and infected which results in a bigger scar.
Some of the worst scars I have; come from the spots that I could not resist which lead to them getting incredibly infected and angry. I was left with deep pitted pores, the perfect home for black heads.
So how do you resit the urge?
OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND – If I can’t see my blemishes I am much less likely to pick them. Sometimes, the best way to stop me from picking my skin is by concealing it.
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HANDS OFF– Keep your hands away from your face. Touching your face increases the risk of infecting it further with bacteria. If I run my hand over my skin and feel a blackhead or inflamed, painful spot, I want to rush to the mirror to squeeze it out.
TOO GLAM TO GIVE A DAMN– I don’t know about you but I spend hours a week analysing and fussing over my skin at night. But when I am busy, I am either too tired or have no time to spend squeezing my spots. By keeping yourself busy, you may just be able to distract yourself enough to resist that urge to pick!